College of Arts and Sciences

Ancient Studies

Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Distinguished Lecturer Series seeks to provide a venue for faculty and students working on various areas of antiquity to explore common interests. The Program normally invites two major scholars a year whose interests cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. The scholars are chosen by a formal nomination process from the faculty. For the process, each nomination shall be a co-nomination by faculty members from at least two different departments. The lectures are of broad interest to students and faculty members. Each visitor will present a public lecture and meet with interested students and faculty during his or her visit.

Distinguished Lecturers (2017-2018 academic year)

Spring 2018

Emma Dench
Harvard University
Topic: "Roman Imperial Change as Conversion Narrative"
In recent decades, discussions of changes in behavior, customs and things attendant on Roman imperial rule have been preoccupied with finding alternatives to the term ‘Romanization’ with its extensive, problematic baggage, such as the vocabularies of postcolonialism and globalization. But this is only to scratch the surface of accumulated and largely unquestioned assumptions. This talk explores the extent to which modern models of Roman imperial change are rooted in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century conversion narratives, and imagines what the view might look like without them.
Date and time: February 15, 4 p.m.
Location: Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Past Distinguished Lecturers:

  • Barry Strauss (Cornell)
  • Adrienne Mayor (Stanford)
  • Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies)
  • Oliver Taplin (Oxford)
  • Shane Buttler (Johns Hopkins)
  • Willeke Wendrich (UCLA)
  • William Harris (Columbia)
  • Richard Talbert (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Dale Kinney (Bryn Mawr College)
  • Susan E. Alcock (University of Michigan)
  • Shadi Bartsch (University of Chicago)
  • Mary T. Boatwright (Duke)
  • Glen W. Bowersock (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
  • Alan Cameron (Columbia)
  • John Dillon (Trinity College, Dublin)
  • Katherine Dunbabin (McMaster)
  • Robin Lane Fox (Oxford)
  • Christopher Gill (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Maud Gleason (Berkeley)
  • Fritz Graf (Ohio State University)
  • A. A. Long (Berkeley)
  • Joseph Manning (Yale)
  • Ian Morris (Stanford)
  • Josiah Ober (Stanford University)
  • James Porter (California, Irvine)
  • Richard Saller (Standford)
  • Brent Shaw (Princeton)
  • Lawrence Stager (Harvard
  • Raymond Van Dam (Michigan)
  • Heinrich von Staden (Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton)